Impacts of ICT on energy efficiency:   a GeSI perspective SHARING INITIATIVES FOR A GREEN AND CONNECTED CITY Robert Wright...
<ul><li>Global organisation to address sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Industry led with NGO support (WWF&CDP) </li></ul>...
GeSI Members
A GLOBAL STUDY ON THE CARBON IMPACTS AND OPPORTUNITIES OF ICTs GeSI/The Climate Group (McKinsey)
GeSI and The Climate Group – Global Report on “Impact of ICT on Global Carbon Emissions <ul><li>The First Global and defin...
GLOBAL ICT STUDY: DEFINITIONS <ul><li>OUT OF SCOPE: GAMING, AUDIO, VIDEO, MEDICAL EQUIPMENT </li></ul><ul><li>WITHIN SCOPE...
How can  ICTs grow the global low carbon economy? How can ICTs  enable new opportunities for other sectors ?   How can ICT...
Identify and use the opportunities <ul><li>To apply the strengths of the ICT sector to enable climate change solutions… </...
Conclusions <ul><li>The ICT sector must continue to apply BAT to manage its own footprint – for example: </li></ul><ul><ul...
How do we do this <ul><li>Agree and close the loop on the data case of ICT and carbon: GeSI study; EU Commission study etc...
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European Forum "Sharing initiatives for a green and connected city" - 27 May 2008 - Committee of the Regions, Brussels

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Impacts of ICT on energy efficiency: a GeSI perspective

  1. 1. Impacts of ICT on energy efficiency: a GeSI perspective SHARING INITIATIVES FOR A GREEN AND CONNECTED CITY Robert Wright Chair, GeSI Public Policy Forum [email_address] http://www.gesi.org/
  2. 2. <ul><li>Global organisation to address sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Industry led with NGO support (WWF&CDP) </li></ul><ul><li>Open to full ICT industry </li></ul><ul><li>Manufacturers, operators and regional associations </li></ul><ul><li>Several working groups addressing issues relevant to the triple bottom line </li></ul>What is GeSI? Encourage continual improvement in sustainability management and share best practice
  3. 3. GeSI Members
  4. 4. A GLOBAL STUDY ON THE CARBON IMPACTS AND OPPORTUNITIES OF ICTs GeSI/The Climate Group (McKinsey)
  5. 5. GeSI and The Climate Group – Global Report on “Impact of ICT on Global Carbon Emissions <ul><li>The First Global and definitive Report on both - footprint and enablement </li></ul><ul><li>Concrete global data on how ICT uses energy: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Embedded carbon </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ICT devices, infrastructures and services (data centres, PCs, software, mobile telephony, IT services and infrastructure) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Concrete global date on how ICT can enable lower energy use: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Smart grids </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smart homes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smart logistics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Industrial automation </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. GLOBAL ICT STUDY: DEFINITIONS <ul><li>OUT OF SCOPE: GAMING, AUDIO, VIDEO, MEDICAL EQUIPMENT </li></ul><ul><li>WITHIN SCOPE: PATHWAYS TO 2020 </li></ul>
  7. 7. How can ICTs grow the global low carbon economy? How can ICTs enable new opportunities for other sectors ? How can ICTs capture new business opportunities in the low carbon economy How can ICTs help transition to a low carbon economy by 2020? How can ICTs reduce the global carbon footprint? How can ICTs reduce their own carbon footprint?* How can ICTs reduce the footprint of other processes and sectors Key questions that need to be addressed
  8. 8. Identify and use the opportunities <ul><li>To apply the strengths of the ICT sector to enable climate change solutions… </li></ul><ul><li>To reduce inefficiencies in current products and processes </li></ul><ul><li>To de-couple economic growth from energy use across the economy through intelligent systems design or through retrofit of existing building, transport and power infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>To focus on emerging economies and invest now to prevent locking in carbon-intensive practices and technologies </li></ul><ul><li>To enable better decision-making and behaviour change through better information provision, feedback and response </li></ul><ul><li>To enable new low-carbon ways of working and living through collaborations with other sectors </li></ul>
  9. 9. Conclusions <ul><li>The ICT sector must continue to apply BAT to manage its own footprint – for example: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy Star, EuP Directive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Climate Savers Computing Initiative: voluntary programme to improve energy efficiency of computing by 50% by 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>But we now must also focus and ramp up our efforts on how we can apply ICT for enabling a lower carbon economy that leads to sustainable growth – for example: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Smart grids in India </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Motor optimisation in China </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smart Buildings and smart logistics in US and EU </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The ICT sector is already delivering the technology to support a low carbon economy: policy makers are now stepping up – for example: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The EU Commission’s new Communication on ICT and energy efficiency adopted on May 13th </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A partnership is needed between ICT-politicians-NGOs- society to realise the above opportunities </li></ul>
  10. 10. How do we do this <ul><li>Agree and close the loop on the data case of ICT and carbon: GeSI study; EU Commission study etc … and Move On! </li></ul><ul><li>Link the environmental with the social and economic case for supporting ICT for a low carbon economy </li></ul><ul><li>The positive impact of ICT for enabling a low carbon economy must be measurable , replicable and feasible </li></ul><ul><li>All parts of the Commission must understand the positive potential of ICT - - loud and clear message from the ICT sector </li></ul><ul><li>Identify public policy measures that can assist with the replicability and feasibility of ICT enablement, such as : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Awareness raising; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research into innovation and ICT for low carbon (FP7); </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support ICT for eco-design of buildings, e.g smart metering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use standardisation to support ICT for low carbon economy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase access to enabling technology: broadband, wireless, telephony, virtual presence. </li></ul></ul>

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